Mark Ballas has a true rookie on his hands with Sadie Robertson because the "Duck Dynasty" star hails from a high school where dancing is strictly forbidden ... just like "Footloose."
Willie Robertson's 17-year-old daughter is partnered with Ballas for this season of "Dancing With the Stars" ... but she also attends Ouachita Christian School in Monroe, LA where administrators have a longstanding ban on all school dances.
We spoke to Sadie's principal Jamie Stokes, and he was unapologetic about the school's policy ... which he says includes banning all dances. Even proms. Zero tolerance dancing, y'all.
Mark and Sadie advanced last week, but judge Julianne Hough told the 'DD' heir she's gonna need to get "more down and dirty" to win it all.
Sadie's dad shot that down almost immediately -- and we're guessing it's ditto from her principal.
'Duck Dynasty's' Phil Robertson
My Plan for ISIS ...
'Convert Them Or Kill Them'
9/3/2014 5:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The U.S. should deal with ISIS in one of two ways, if you ask "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson ... "convert them or kill them."
Robertson was on the Fox News show "Hannity" Tuesday night, and the topic of the recent beheadings of journalists in the Middle East came up. Robertson -- whose religious beliefs have stirred several controversies in the past -- offered up this ... "In this case you have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible."
Phil added, "I'm not giving up on them, I'm just saying convert them or kill them. One or the other."
Duck diplomacy. Hardcore.
'Duck Dynasty' Star
Rocking Out in Nashville
With Local Band
6/7/2014 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Duck Dynasty" star Si Robertson got real country Friday in Tennessee ... no, he didn't hook up with a family member -- the reality star rocked his ass off.
Robertson linked up with The Mauldin Brothers at Rippy's in Nashville to perform a few songs ... and for some reason Si brought a blinged out microphone along for the ride.
The 66-year old attempted to hit some difficult notes while he sang to a surprisingly packed audience.
Try, yes ... succeed, definitely not.
'Duck Dynasty' Star
My Dad Is a Prophet and a Martyr!
5/28/2014 5:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Duck Dynasty" star Alan Robertson is defending his dad Phil Robertson's controversial views on homosexuality ... and even thinks his pops is "a 21st Century prophet."
As we told you ... the elder Robertson doubled down last month on the homophobic remarks he made to GQ magazine ... with a new fiery sermon on Easter Sunday.
Alan -- who's also a preacher -- spoke up for his father at a religious event earlier this month in D.C. ... and likened Phil to John the Baptist. Alan said Phil "has the heart and the mindset of a prophet … long hair, long beard, naturally camouflaged, he ate off the land and he pointed people to Christ."
The clean-shaven Robertson bro also compared fans flocking to the family compound ... to a modern day religious pilgrimage.
Yeah, I Meant What I Said About Gays
5/22/2014 6:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Phil Robertson is stronger than ever that homosexuality is an evil that deserves disdain and eternal damnation.
The "Duck Dynasty" star gave a fire-and-brimstone sermon on Easter Sunday ... way stronger than his comments to GQ last December that triggered a brief suspension from the show.
Robertson told his congregation last month, "Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolators, nor adulterers nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."
Robertson also scoffed at the media for criticizing them ... scoffing that reporters were ignorant when it comes to the bible.
'Duck Dynasty' Stars
At Alaska State Fair
5/2/2014 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Life's not always fair if you're part of the "Duck Dynasty" brood. We've learned they've been invited to the Alaska State Fair ... but there are already cries of boycott.
The Robertsons were hired to do a town hall of sorts, telling stories about their lives and their beliefs. But those beliefs include Phil's views on homosexuality ... including his observation that a man's anus is no match for a woman's vagina ... and therefore the boycott.
We're told there's a groundswell from people who want to either get the Fair to cancel the gig or -- if necessary -- disrupt the gig.
State Fair officials tell us ... they don't endorse all of Phil's views ... but they believe his core value is family ... something near and dear to Alaskans ... so the appearance WON'T be cancelled.
Phil needs to stay clear of V. Stiviano ... bad things happen.
'Duck Dynasty' Star
Suck It Obama! I'm a Way Better Tipper!
2/11/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson made an impression during the State of the Union address -- not so much with the President, but with 2 waiters who are now THOUSANDS of dollars richer.
Radio host Sean Hannity posted the pics ... showing Willie and his wife at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in D.C. -- hanging with Sean, GOP Senator Ted Cruz, former Congressman Newt Gingrich and conservative radio host Mark Levin.
The group closed the joint down -- the restaurant normally closes at 11 PM but the group stayed 'til 2 AM ... and they racked up a $5,000 bill.
Willie grabbed the tab and left a gratuity -- FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS! In case you have trouble computing .... a 100% tip.
Obama recently went to a local burger joint last month and left a 30% tip. Respectable but no contest.
See? Republicans don't have any problems redistributing wealth.
'Staind' Singer Aaron Lewis
'Redneck Crazy' Is an Attack On Women
2/1/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Staind" singer Aaron Lewis is slamming the country hit, "Redneck Crazy" by Tyler Farr ... saying it promotes violence toward women -- so he had the whole thing re-written.
Lewis says he HATES Farr's song -- about an angry guy who stalks and threatens his ex-GF.
Sample lyric: "I'm gonna aim my headlights into your bedroom windows/Throw empty beer cans at both of your shadows."
The song -- which appears on Farr's debut album -- immediately shot to the top of the country charts ... and features some "Duck Dynasty" stars in the music video.
Lewis broke out his alternate version during a performance at a little bar in Medina, Ohio.
Willie Robertson Was Untouchable
During State of Union
1/30/2014 6:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson was less than 20 feet away from Jason Collins during the State of the Union, and Jason says he might have reached across the aisle to him ... if not for all the camera-whoring Congressmen.
Jason -- the first NBA player to come out -- was First Lady Michelle Obama's guest in D.C. ... and says, "They were moving [Robertson] from one Republican to another Republican" all night.
And Jason says the seemingly impossible -- the guy whose family patriarch said gays are gonna burn in Hell meeting America's new gay icon -- could have happened if not for all the photos and glad-handing Robertson had to do.
"We passed each other in the hall, and that was about it."
So, how did Jason see a conversation between himself and Willie going down?
Watch the clip. We think he's very ... optimistic.
'Duck Dynasty' Stars
State of the Union?
You're Lookin' At It
1/29/2014 3:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It was ironic ... one of the couples invited to the coveted State of the Union address last night at the U.S. Capitol was Willie and Korie Robertson -- to bring DIVERSITY to the event!
The "Duck Dynasty" stars were invited by Congressman Vance McAllister -- he's a Republican from Louisiana who won a close race last year, and the Robertsons helped with their endorsement.
Now here's the best part ... McAllister said he invited them to bring "some diversity to our nation's capitol."
Diversity is a tricky subject for the Robertson family ... who apparently thinks gays will burn in hell and homosexuality is a gateway to bestiality.
We're guessing they didn't ask Jason Collins for an autograph ... or vice versa.
'Duck Dynasty' Star Willie Robertson
Refuses To Fire On A&E
1/1/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson rang in the New Year with a VERY interesting and probably insincere statement -- "We all learned a lot."
Willie appeared on FOX News Channel and on the surface made nice with A&E ... not gloating that the network folded like a cheap suit and brought back Phil Robertson after he made those anti-gay comments.
But here's the deal ... the family won outright. They threatened to all leave the show if Phil wasn't reinstated and they got what they wanted and no one has apologized for the comments.
So we gotta ask ...
They Clean Ducks Good
12/31/2013 6:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Reinstated "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson thinks guys should marry 15 or 16-year-old girls because when they get any older they become gold diggers.
Another video of Phil's preachin' has surfaced ... and in this one he implores his followers to marry young girls because "They'll pick [clean] your ducks." He goes on with a cautionary message: "You wait till they get to be 20 years old ... the only pickin' that's gonna take place is your pocket."
So we gotta ask ...
Phil Robertson Suspension is Over
... Says A&E
12/27/2013 3:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The "Duck Dynasty" war with A&E is over -- the network just announced Phil Robertson is no longer suspended ... and filming will resume in a few months.
The network says their strong sense of integrity caused them to react quickly to Phil's GQ interview ... and after consulting with numerous advocacy groups they made a decision to bring him back.
The network adds, "As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principles."
The network says they plan to roll out a new PSA campaign on their network in the wake of what happened ... promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance.
A&E adds, "Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man's views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love."